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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Student Alumni Connection wins three district CASE awards

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Student Alumni Connection members Kala Zink (left) and Maggie Long show off the CASE awards.

For the first time in its history, the Student Alumni Connection (SAC) took home not one but three regional Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) awards, which were presented at a Feb. 27 ceremony.

The organization won CASE Affiliated Student Advancement Program (ASAP) awards for outstanding internal program, outstanding external program and outstanding organization.

SAC’s Beyond BG program was honored as the outstanding external program. Designed to be a send-off celebration for graduating seniors, it has grown from a small dinner and award ceremony to a campuswide celebration. SAC’s annual membership retreat was recognized as the outstanding internal program.

The organization’s applications will now be submitted for consideration in the national CASE ASAP awards, which will be presented in August at the National Networking Convention.

“It’s great for SAC to get recognition for the work that they do here on campus and at a national level about the importance of student alumni associations,” said Kelli Daniels, assistant director of alumni affairs.

Daniels said SAC serves as a bridge between current students and alumni. Students are able to work on professional development, leadership and service in their work with the Alumni Association and the larger alumni base.

The CASE ASAP awards recognize and celebrate organizations, students and advisors for excellence in the student advancement profession.

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Award-winning pianist Kirill Gerstein to give campus master class

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Kirill Gerstein.

Four piano students in the College of Musical Arts will have an opportunity to perform in a master class with leading pianist Kirill Gerstein when he comes to campus Friday (March 19). He is the sixth winner of the Gilmore Artists Award—a $300,000 surprise grant given every four years to an artist to use for enhancement of his or her career or professional development. Equated to the MacArthur “genius” awards, the funds come with few strings attached.

Gerstein will be in the area to perform with the Toledo Symphony Saturday (March 20). At BGSU, he will give the master class from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Friday in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. The class is open for all to observe.

Tip off NCAA game day with celebration brunch

Join alumni for a pre-game celebration as the Falcon women's basketball team takes on Michigan State in NCAA Tournament play at noon this Saturday (March 20).
The team will face fifth-seeded Michigan State in first-round action in Louisville, Ky. You're invited to join alumni and fellow Falcon fans for a pre-game brunch and celebration at 10 a.m. at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for BGSU students and children age 7-12, and free for children under 7. The cost includes food and nonalcoholic beverages, BGSU spirit, giveaways and fun! To register, call the Alumni Association at 888-839-2586.

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March 17, 2010